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Lessons from the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiatives
One of the nation?s only programs that uses individual development accounts (IDAs)1 to build the assets of young people is overseen by the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, a private foundation in St. Louis, MO. The IDAs are part of a program called Opportunity Passport that was developed for young people who are ?aging out? of foster care. Started in 2001, Opportunity Passport is being implemented in 18 states by 13 nonprofits, four public agencies, and one university.